The sixth anniversary of the outbreak of the 1967 Middle East War passed quietly in Egypt yesterday (Tuesday, June 5).
The sixth anniversary of the outbreak of the 1967 Middle East War passed quietly in Egypt yesterday (Tuesday, June 5). It was a day of remembering the war dead and of anticipation -- as the Egyptians await the outcome of the United Nations Security Council debate on the Middle East due to start today.
President Anwar Sadat had earlier crossed the Suez Canal to inspect Egyptian positions held in Sinai. War Minister General Ahmed Ismail was with him. In his absence, it was General Ismail's representative, Chief of the Cairo Zone General Abdel Hinaam Khalil, who led remembrances at the martyrs' memorial in Cairo.
SYNOPSIS: At the martyrs' memorial in Cairo, victims of the 1967 Middle East war were commemorated on Tuesday -- the sixth anniversary of the war's outbreak.
General Abdel Minaam Kahlil, Chief of the Cairo Zone, led the remembrances, He'd been deputised by War Minister General Ahmed Ismail, who had earlier crossed the Suez Canal with President Sadat to visit positions in Sinal still held by the Egyptians. It was believed the first time that the President has visited the East Bank of the Canal since much of the sector was occupied by the Israelis.
The Tuesday anniversary passed quietly in Egypt. There was a general sense of anticipation as Egyptians awaited the outcome of a new Middle East debate in the United Nations Security Council this week.
Speaking on the eve of the anniversary, President Sadat had expressed his full confidence in Egypt's armed forces. After inspecting the Sinai positions, he said he was satisfied with the Army's preparations and state of readiness.